Lopez, who lost in a WBC Super Flyweight title fight with Yota Sato back in 2012, will be looking for one of the biggest victories of his career as he battles the highly fancied Rey Vargas (18-0, 15) for the WBC Youth Super Bantamweight title in what looks likely to be a shoot out.
The Filipino pugilist will be taking part in his fourth bout in Mexico where he currently holds a 1-2 record. Although the under-dog he has shown a toughness that many of Vargas's opponents haven't. Saying that however Vargas is the naturally bigger man and will feel confident of extending his record with another victory over an Asian.
To date Vargas is 4-0 (2) against Asians and 2-0 (1) against Filipino's. His power has been shown to be legitimate but many of his bouts have been relative mismatches whilst this looks to be a fantastic bout on paper and may well be the most competitive match up so far in Vargas's career.
Whilst Lopez will be a clear under-dog he may well be fired up by knowing that a win would thrust him back in to the world rankings. Going in to this bout Vargas is ranked #5 by the IBF and #15 by the WBC and it would be amazing if Lopez, with a victory, didn't at least find himself given a solid IBF ranking.
For those interested in watching this bout it will be one of 3 title bouts televised on Mexico Televisa this coming Saturday with another of those fights being the female title fight between WBC female Light Flyweight champion Ibeth Silva Zamora and Thai challenger Hongfah Tor Buamas. Although it's not yet been confirmed we do have a suspicion that WBCboxing.tv may also show the fights.
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